Yes, termites can destroy sheetrock.
More Info: The wood in your home is not the only thing that is at risk from termite damage. The mud tubes built by termites through which they travel often contain materials that hint at their diets including building materials such as wood and sheetrock.
What are Termites?
Termites are insects closely related to ants and are known for their destructive powers. Termites feed on wood, from which they obtain cellulose. Their bodies break cellulose down into the sugars and other nutrients that termites need to survive and flourish.
What Do Termites Eat?
There are many different species of termites. The most common species is known for eating its way through wood. Most termites eat nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, the extent of damage that a colony of termites is capable of doing is enormous.
As with other major problems, preventing termites is easier than trying to get rid of them once they make themselves at home. You should make sure all cracks, whether big or small, are carefully sealed to keep out insects. If you use firewood to warm your home, store it in a shed or other location away from your home. It is also important to keep the firewood dry, as termites prefer to chew through damp wood.
It is also vital that you repair any leaks in your water pipes immediately. Leaks can dampen the surrounding woodwork, which is an open invitation for termites to feast there. Once termites appear, the only solution is to call in a professional pest remover who will be equipped to get rid of these damaging pests for good.
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